Last week, we announced some major updates to Find My Seed, including the addition of 5 new crops: wheat, oats, barley, cotton, and peanuts.
It’s a lot of work to get the best impartial seed trials for seven different crops in 38 US States over the last five years. We have trained agronomists combing the country to get seed trials from universities, banks, research farms, and more. And then the real work begins.
If you’ve ever read a variety trial report, you know that every crop and every trial report, like every trial plot grower, is a little bit different, from the way they describe their management, to the ways they report the same variety’s name. Our team of scientists, agronomists, and farmers carefully reviewed each trial report, getting to know the data sources, and captured every detail - from the soil type, to the management practices, to the rainfall at the trial site that year. We even looked up and standardized the variety names so you don’t miss a thing!
Once we’d collected over 297,000 trials from 838 counties over the last five years of growing conditions, we didn’t stop there. We then went to seed catalogs and seed company websites and collected many varieties’ agronomic and disease characteristics for you. If you compare seeds across brands, you know that some companies rate seed characteristics from 1-5, with 5 being the best, while others rate them 1-9, with 9 being the worst - this can make comparisons difficult. So, we put them all on the same scale going the same way.
Finally, we brought in our awesome data scientists and set about developing industry-leading analytics. We made all those seed trials easily sortable and searchable by the criteria you care about: sub crop, trait packages, maturity, soil type, irrigation, management practices tailored to each crop (stay tuned for individual crop blog posts!), buyer preferences (e.g. malting), and, of course, Yield, and an impartial metric, Yield Advantage, which tells you how each variety’s yield compares to the test average. The glossy catalogs may promise you a variety that gets 300 bu/ac, but we do the math and can tell you which variety can get you 9 bu/ac more than its competitors under the same weather and management conditions. Our search engine finds other Similar Seeds that match the traits and maturity of your variety, and perform even better.
We do this work while you work. And like you, our work doesn’t end there - new seed trial reports for 2016 winter wheat are already coming in, and #harvest2016 isn’t far off. We keep collecting data so you always have the latest variety performance information at your fingertips!
Buying seed is one of a grower’s main operational costs, and those numbers are projected to rise. You should be buying the best seed for your operations - and Find My Seed is the best way to find it.
It’s easy to get started. Just head over to the Find My Seed website and start by picking your crop.